Cultural Revolutions

Pakistan: Here We Go Again

Condi Rice had a vision: It was springtime in Pakistan, and love was in the air—which was an ideal time for a chick flick.  From the lady who brought us the Shiite-Sunni Love Fest in Iraq, Fatah-Hamas: Isn’t It Romantic? in Palestine, The Amorous Cedars in Lebanon, not to mention the first season of Democratic Idol in Ukraine (Viktor Yushchenko) and Georgia (Mikheil Saakashvili) would come a new production, A Match Made in Heaven, starring small-time military dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf and the slick and crooked ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

At the Happy End of this new romantic drama would come the ultimate Celebration of Sisterhood: Two hip babes are brought together—Rice, the symbol of the powerful awakening of African-American feminism, commanding the world’s attention with her pair of black knee-high boots, hugs Bhutto, whose trademark white scarf and diamond-studded designer glasses project the new face of modern and progressive Muslim women everywhere and nowhere.

When we try to deconstruct the modus operandi of powerful men, we are urged to search for the woman behind the throne.  In the case of Benazir, we should probably “cherche les hommes,” where we will find Bhutto Père, Zulfikar Ali, a bloody tyrant and founder of his country’s nuclear program (hanged); brother Murtaza, a left-wing terrorist (killed on his sister’s orders); and...

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